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Mr Rochester

Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Summary

Uncover the secrets of Edward Fairfax Rochester, the beloved, enigmatic hero of Jane Eyre, as he tells his story for the first time in Mr Rochester, Sarah Shoemaker's gorgeous retelling of one of the most romantic stories in literature.

On his eighth birthday, Edward is banished from his beloved home, Thornfield Hall, to learn his place in life. With the help of friends, enemies and a series of eccentric mentors, he discovers more than he might have wished about the ways of the men - and women - who will one day be his peers.

Edward's journey takes him to the warm, languid shores of Jamaica, where he becomes entangled in the beguiling, unchecked lifestyle of the island and with a certain enticing heiress. But the choices he makes there will haunt him desperately. It is only when he is finally able to return home and encounters one stubborn, plain young governess that Edward can see any possibility of redemption - and love.

Rich and vibrant, Edward's evolution from tender-hearted child to Charlotte Bronte's passionately tormented hero will completely, deliciously, and forever change how we read and remember Jane Eyre.

©2017 Sarah Shoemaker (P)2017 Headline Publishing Group Limited

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A gem of a story

Be still, my beating heart! This book is an absolute gem of a story - a retelling of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre but focussing on the life of Edward Rochester. Over two thirds of this book is dedicated to Edward’s life pre-Jane, documenting his childhood, education, travel to Jamaica and subsequent business interests. The writing is vibrant and Edward is shown to be a character with immense moral standing, quite different from the rather staid gentleman in the original. Shoemaker brings a whole new perspective to Edward’s persona and I like it, I like it a lot. This book is a winner!

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very nice!

Often sequels or prequels written centuries later , do not hold to the nature of the original book. Comprehensible, as they are written by minds raised in different eras. This book is astonishing in that it really captures the essence of Jane Eyre. Very nice, very interesting twists and very entertaining. Simon Shepherd was wonderful. I am a big fan.

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I would give this zero stars if I could

Waste of your time and credit

Plot holes, disjointed narrative and unconvincing. This audiobook is very disappointing. Only 15 minutes in. I have noticed at least 5 conflicting issues.